Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Rebel of the Sands

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

Rebel of the Sands #1 by Alwyn Hamilton
Expected Publication: March 8, 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.  

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew. 

Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Teaser Tuesday #119: Queen of Shadows

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by
Sarah J. Maas
Teasers: "Can you kill the king? When it comes down to it, could you kill your king?"
(Loc 8%, page 49 of 646)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Teaser Tuesday #118: Crown of Midnight

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by
Sarah J. Maas
Teasers: "I'd like to debrief you." 
She raised an eyebrow.
"Aren't you at least going to take me to dinner first?"
(Loc 2%, page 9 of 418)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Crown of Midnight - Review

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)

By: Sarah J. Maas

Published: August 27, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

431 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But does she have the heart of a killer?

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade - while pretending to do the king's bidding - will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn't the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she's made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple...
Another fantastic story! This fantasy series is full of action, loads of intrigue and mystery and magic. Plus, added bonus to book two is more romance. (which I personally wanted more of from book one).

There is some pretty big "WHAT" moments that I wasn't expecting. Calaena is now the King's assassin and as such is ordered to kill those he wants removed. She's working for the king to earn her freedom. But she's also trying to figure out riddles and clues in order to stop the darkness and evil that continues to grow in the castle. She also has a battle of the heart as two very handsome, very available, and powerful in their own ways, Prince Dorian and Captain of the Army, Chaol are falling for her.

The heroine of the story is a strong warrior and as such is a super interesting female to read about. Honestly, I don't have much to say beyond the fact that I really enjoyed it! I think the ending was finally reaching a level of emotion that I wanted to see more of. It was quite gripping and I look forward to reading the next installment in the series.

Top 5 Favorite Quotes:
"What will you stand for? Or will you only stand for yourself?"

But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years. long as he knew that she was safe, that no one could hurt her... He'd sell his soul again and again for that.

"It's never made any difference to me when it came to you. I'd still pick you. I'll always pick you."

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sunday Post #160

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

Outlander #1 by Diana Gabaldon
Buy Link: Amazon ($3.99)
*Thank you to the Starz show, I now am addicted and MUST read this series*

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey
Buy Link: Amazon
*Owning the Hardback version for 2 years and not reading it, I decided to invest in the Kindle version*


Review - Every Last Breath (Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer Armentrout (4 stars)


Planned Posts:
Review - Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Waiting on Wednesday

So this week was a pretty blah week with my husband getting over a stomach virus and me developing a sinus infection. I spent a lot of time on my couch. But the up side to that would be a good bit of reading time, albeit more slowly since being sick sometimes makes your attention span wane. 

If you are reading last books in a series you should participate with us in our 3rd year of the 2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 15, 2016! Go HERE for full details and to sign up. We have a giveaway EVERY month open to those that link up reviews and a BIG giveaway open to everyone that participates through the year. Don't miss out!

Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Alight

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

Alight (The Generations Trilogy #2) by Scott Sigler
Expected Publication: April 5, 2016 by Del Rey
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
Alight is the second installment in the YA sci-fi adventure trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler, hot on the heels of Alive.

Alight reveals to readers the further adventures of Em, Spingate, O’Malley, Bishop, and the other young heroes introduced inAlive. In Alive, Em fought to assert herself as leader and her friends tried to comprehend their own mysterious identity; now she must wrestle not with the challenge of winning power but the grave responsibility of having assumed it, and she and her friends must contend with a grim fact: the revelation of their identity is not an answer but another question—and one with terrifying implications.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Every Last Breath - Review

Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3)

By: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published: July 28, 2015 by Harlequin Teen

464 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library 

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…
What more can I say except that I highly enjoyed this end to the series in every way. This was a series unlike any I've come across before, where the author allowed her readers to vote who Layla would end up with and whichever guy had the most votes that was how she would write that part of the ending. I knew who I wanted, who I voted for, and so I can now say that I was very pleased!

Some can say that the ending was semi-predictable in nature....but I have to admit that this type of predictability doesn't bother me, considering the fact that I like my stories to have happily-ever-after's.

To keep from giving any spoilers away from book two for those who may be new to the series, this final installment picks up where it left off, with Layla feeling alone and betrayed from her clan, torn between two amazing guys who couldn't possibly be more different (Zayne and Roth), knowing her decision to choose one of them will hurt the other, and the bigger picture of stopping the Lilin before the Alphas intervene and the apocalypse ensues.

And seriously....Roth. There is so much goodness wrapped up in that one word, if you don't read this series for any other reason, read for him!

The gargoyle concept was new to me, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying this race of paranormal creatures. Fans of YA paranormal romance will enjoy this series for sure!

Top 5 Favorite Quotes:
...seize life - seize everything it had to offer, including the tears, the anger and loss, but most of all, the laughter and the love.

Stop being a coward and let go of the past. Embrace the future, because they are two very different things.

"I see what you don't."

"I might have a boundaries problem."

"Simmer down, crouching demon, hidden Warden."

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars
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